Joachim Brudziński, the chief of the Law and Justice’s election campaign, has just lost a court case. He is obliged to apologise to the Open Dialogue Foundation and its founders i.e. Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek. What was it all about? What was the actual judgment in the politician’s case?
Joachim Brudziński has lost a court case
The dispute was sparked by a 2019 tweet in which Brudzinski suggested that aforementioned Foundation was involved in money laundering.
He must now pay a total of PLN 30,000 in compensation for this, apparently unfounded, allegation. Additionally, he is obliged to publish an apology on Twitter, which is to remain on display for two months. However, the judgment is not yet final.
Let us recall the exact content of the tweet posted by the Law and Justice’s politician: “Hi, defenders of the ‘Euro-Kazakh’ crooks famous for ‘shutting down the government’. Do you know you are useful idiots? Do you realise that December’s ‘miraculous resurrection’ of Mr. D. and the Rossmann candles were funded with laundered money? I don’t think that Lusia and her tolerant husband are likely to get the Nobel Prize”.
How did he get the idea of hurling such accusations at this organisation? Did the politician trump it up? No, he did not. This was a reference to the theses contained in the 2018 report drafted by a special investigative commission of the then Moldovan parliament. According to the authors of this report, the Open Dialogue Foundation was allegedly involved in illegal funding of opposition parties in Moldova. However, later on, the Moldovan authorities pulled back from the report, deeming it a “stain on the conscience of Moldovan parliamentary democracy”.
A manifestly offensive tweet
The court has deemed Mr Brudziński’s tweet as “manifestly offensive” and added that such message posted by the Law and Justice politician might have exposed the organisation and its founders to a loss of credibility in Poland and elsewhere.
“The judgment has illustrated Joachim Brudziński’s moral qualifications as chief of the Law and Justice election campaign, and what the party’s officials represent by themselves,” Bartosz Kramek, head of the Open Dialogue Foundation, commented on the verdict to Onet. “We are not surprised by this decision in any manner whatsoever. This is the fifth time that we have won a lawsuit for violation of personal rights against the Law and Justice party or its agencies, such as TVP,” he emphasises. “The court’s decision has proven that words have their importance, that no one can hurl calumny with impunity,” he adds.